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Castaways Beach

Noosa's eastern beaches, while not patrolled by surf lifesavers, are popular with locals and visitors alike for a more relaxed beach experience on the Sunshine Coast. Castaways Beach is found between Sunrise and Peregian Beaches. Many sections of the beach here are dog-friendly, so expect to meet a few friendly resident canines as you walk the open stretches of shoreline that lead all the way to Peregian.

A number of accommodation resorts are located along these beaches for visitors who want to get away from it all.

Castaways Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Queensland
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Noosa Heads Coastal Track

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
Spectacular views can be seen from several lookouts along the track. You will also see coastal rock formations such as the Boiling Pot and Hells Gates. Beaches include Tea Tree Bay, a pandanus-lined sandy beach, the more rocky Granite Bay, historic Winch Cove and the sweeping Alexandria Bay. Koalas frequent the gum trees along this walk and honeyeaters are often seen in the flowering shrubs next to the track. Out to sea, frolicking dolphins and migrating humpback whales are sometimes seen by the keen observer.

Noosa National Park

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
Noosa National Park, a chunk of wild coastline jutting into the ocean, is understandably one of Australia's most visited parks. Wallum heaths, woodlands and pockets of rainforest with hoop and kauri pine are important refuges for wildlife, including koalas and rare glossy black-cockatoos. Explore the picturesque Noosa Headland along a selection of five tracks, ranging from one kilometre to eight kilometres and catering to all fitness levels. Walk past rocky shorelines and spiky pandanus, through woodlands and rainforests with piccabeen palms, to wide beaches or lofty lookouts. In the Peregian section, stroll to the ocean beach. In the Emu Mountain section, on your way to the summit, discover wildflowers. In the East Weyba section, along unmarked vehicle trails, watch for birds – but keep to the trails at all times.

Tewantin National Park

Tewantin, Noosa Area
Free Entry
Distinctively-shaped Mount Tinbeerwah (265 metres) stands out in the Tewantin National Park, which protects ancient flooded gum forests, wallum heaths and cabbage-tree palms. It also offers great views to the popular Noosa coast and lakes. Wooroi day-use area, set among she-oaks and bloodwoods, has picnic tables, barbecues and drinking water. (The butcherbirds and noisy miners are cheeky but please don't feed them). Walk along Wooroi Creek track and cool Palm Grove track. Head towards Cooroy and stop at Mount Tinbeerwah lookout. A 500 metre track leads to a lookout with 360 degree views over the Noosa River system, lakes and surrounding forests. About 130 metres along the walk, a lookout with coastal views is suitable for assisted wheelchair access.

Jew Shoal Dive Site

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
Jew Shoal is a large reef complex of ridges, canyons, bommies, and a solitary 11 metre pinnacle. The Caves has rugged rocky outcrops and swimthroughs; the gutters are covered in colourful hard and soft corals, and reef fish including angelfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, globefish, rabbitfish, soapfish, morwong, sweetlip and bream. The coral gardens has an array of invertebrates - sea stars, feather stars, shrimps, hermit crabs, urchins, brittle stars, cowries and over 100 varieties of nudibranchs.

Peregian Beach

Peregian Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
About 13 kilometres south of Noosa Heads, Peregian Beach is one of a string of lovely beaches between Noosa and Coolum. Just over the sand hills at the southern end of the beach you'll find Peregian Environmental Park, an area of wallum heath which bursts into a colourful profusion of wildflowers in spring. On the western side of Peregian Beach is Lake Weyba National Park, and Lake Weyba itself, which feeds into the estuary at Noosa Heads. Nearby, too, is the southern extension of the Noosa National Park with a rich mix of coastal heath and scrub and stately rainforest which provides sanctuary and support for a wealth of native flora and fauna. In the centre of Peregian you'll find a friendly beachside village where you can enjoy the ambience and shade of the village square and experience the diverse range of shops, cafes and restaurants. Pick up local produce and crafts at the regular Peregian community market, held on the first and third Sunday morning of each month. Following the markets, soak up the sounds of a Sunday outdoor Peregian Originals concert where participating musicians are required to perform their own, original material (no covers allowed). Peregian Beach is a popular place for a relaxed holiday, with plentiful self-contained accommodation and a safe main beach that is patrolled year-round.

Tewantin

Tewantin, Sunshine Coast Area
Tewantin is a small, friendly village located on the Noosa River and is the launching point for the vehicular ferry to the Noosa North Shore, the Great Sandy National Park and Fraser Island. Historic Tewantin was originally a timber town and the river port for the Noosa area. In the late 1800s Tewantin was a small town prospering on the local gold, fishing and timber industries. For some great views of the Noosa River, relax and enjoy a picnic at Memorial Park or head to Noosa Marina, a bustling complex on the river, for coffee, a drink, an alfresco lunch or evening meal, all with river views. The 40-berth marina is also home to the Noosa Marina Visitor Information Centre, specialty shops and a private gallery. Each Sunday the Noosa Marina Markets display craft and produce stalls on the boardwalk. Discover Tewantin's history by visiting the friendly volunteers at Parkyn's Hut on Poinciana Avenue. The hut is also an accredited Visitor Information Centre. Don’t miss the Noosa Regional Gallery, home to beautiful, locally crafted gifts available for sale, and a host of changing exhibitions from local exhibits to national and international artworks.

Noosa Valley

Doonan,
Just 10 minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street, you’ll find yourself in tranquil, peaceful Noosa Valley. With its picture-postcard countryside and abundant wildlife, this area offers a refreshing contrast to the more developed parts of the Sunshine Coast. The breath-taking natural beauty of the area and crisp rainforest air attracts visitors from far and wide. The towns of Yandina and Eumundi are worth visiting, especially when the famous Eumundi Markets are in full swing. Pretty Yandina has good examples of early Queensland architecture and features a number of tourist attractions and superb fine dining options. Sprawling country retreats, wineries with rolling vineyards, spas, golf courses and bed-and-breakfasts dot the Noosa Valley landscape. There are a range of accommodation options including some luxury retreats set in immaculately landscaped gardens. Local restaurants are proud of their menus which showcase the richness and diversity of farm produce from the Noosa and Sunshine Coast hinterlands. Horse riding tours, day trips, bush walks and river cruises are great ways to explore the Valley and the surrounding National Parks. Take a drive or hike to the top of Mount Ninderry, Dunethin Rock or Point Glorious for magnificent views of the valley and surrounds.

Doonan

Doonan, Sunshine Coast Area
Nestled in the scenic Noosa Valley, Doonan is known for its charming bed-and-breakfasts, luxury villas and country retreats. These home-away-from-homes offer privacy, well-appointed rooms, rainforest settings, tennis, day spas, superb dining and a raft of activities. Ten minutes drive north east will find you at famous Noosa, known for its beautiful beaches, award winning restaurants and the exclusive shopping precinct on Hastings Street. On the other hand, five minutes drive west of Doonan will bring you to the picturesque country town of Eumundi. Tee off from a green that’s one of a kind. The local golf course at Doonan is so beautiful, it’s the first course in Australia to be accepted into the ABC's Open Garden Program. Also in the area you’ll find wineries, horse riding tours and invigorating rainforest walks. Doonan is 90 minutes drive north of Brisbane and just 10 minutes south west of Noosa.

Marcus Beach

Marcus Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Noosa’s eastern beaches, while not patrolled by surf life savers, are popular with locals and visitors alike for a more relaxed beach experience. These great beaches are found between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches. Many sections of the beach are dog-friendly, so expect to meet a few friendly resident canines as you walk the open stretches of shoreline that lead all the way to Peregian. A number of accommodation resorts are located along these beaches for visitors who want to get away from it all. No trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without a visit to Marcus Beach.

Sunrise Beach

Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Just five minutes from one of the most famous streets in Australia, Noosa’s trendy Hastings Street, lies the holiday-makers haven of Sunrise Beach. Sunrise Beach is the perfect destination for a family holiday, getaway with friends or a romantic weekend. While nearby Noosa is buzzing with trendy cafes, designer boutiques and the chit chat of cocktail bars, Sunrise Beach enjoys a calm, laid-back ambience. The expansive stretch of golden sand at Sunrise Beach is lapped by pristine surf rolling in from the ocean. The area is almost entirely surrounded by Noosa National Park, a wild section of coastline jutting into the ocean and fringing Lake Weyba. On a walk through the park you’ll encounter pockets of rainforest, rocky shorelines, groves of piccabeen palms, wide deserted beaches and glorious coastal views. If you’re lucky you might just spy a koala or rare glossy black cockatoo. Head west to the hinterland and you’ll discover more beautiful National Parks along with boutique wineries, country markets and the charming mountain villages of Montville and Maleny. Accommodation at Sunrise Beach ranges from self contained units to motel-style accommodation. Sunrise Beach can be found five minutes drive south of Noosa Heads or approximately one and a half hour’s drive north of Brisbane.
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